I went to the grocery store today. I meant to just go quickly, get a bite of lunch, and then shop for something for dinner tonight and tomorrow. Just a quick trip. It should've been.
Two hours later, I found myself with just a handful of sweet things, like these apricots, and still wandering aimlessly down the aisles.
First I had lunch at the cheese counter (a wonderful salad with gorgonzola cheese and walnuts and pears and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette). And while I ate I had a chat with my favorite cheese guy. We talked mostly about why they'd taken the cheese flight off the menu. We talked too about pasteurization and how we wished we could get younger unpasteurized cheeses here in the States.
After lunch, I grabbed a cart and started shopping. And then I saw these sweet apricots. Tell me, have you ever seen such a sweet fruit? I have to admit I bought them mainly just to show you. Silly, I know. But I mean, just look at them! They look like itty bitty hineys.
I continued, dreamlike, through the aisles, picking up this jar, admiring that label, talking to the meat guy about why he thinks I should get a cast iron pan. So you can plainly see how two hours later I was still there. Maybe I needed that little bit of a vacation smack dab in the middle of my day.
I know I needed these apricots. Dinner tonight? Parmesan crusted chicken with a side of pasta and a light tomato sauce and garlic bread. Tomorrow we'll have a simple Asian-inspired salad.